Dakar Rally : News from Leg 6
After suffering a significant oil leak from his front shock absorber after 175 km of the special stage, Frederic Roger has stopped to repair, but should be able to set off again soon.
The Dutch team of Marcel Schoo and Roelof Koning
have rolled their car after 34 km of the special stage. Fortunately, the accident was not serious, and they are now trying to set their Toyota back on its wheels to set off again on the special.
Having fallen after 204 km of the special stage, Frenchman Stéphane Masse has broken his bike and is now waiting for the broom car.
Now that the first 4 bikes have finished this 6th special stage, Spaniard Jordi Viladoms is the provisional winner, 57" ahead of countryman Marc Coma and 1'00 in front of American Chris Blais.
Having already rolled the buggy on the motorway during the connection section of the 2nd stage, Americans Ronn Bailey and co-pilot Kevin Heath have done it again today after 25 km of the day's special section. Fortunately, once again this mishap was not serious, and the crew is now awaiting assistance.
Following a radiator problem after 158 km of the special stage, Frenchman Eric Vigouroux and co-pilot Alexandre Winocq have their hands full with repairs before they can set off again.
American Robby Gordon arrived in 2nd position at CP1, 21'56" behind the virtual leader, Spaniard Carlos Sainz.
Now that the first 20 cars have completed 249 km, American Robby Gordon leads today's special stage, 19" ahead of Frenchman Français Jean-Louis Schlesser and 3'02 in front of Spaniard Carlos Sainz.